Consortium News:ㅤIsrael Cannot Hide From the UN Court

Consortium News:ㅤIsrael Cannot Hide From the UN Court

31-01-24 09:26:00,

U.S. military force is useless or worse in sustaining regimes that lack broad international support and legitimacy,  writes Jeffrey Sachs.

Sun rising behind Long Island City and the sculpture, “”Good Defeats Evil,” by Zurab Tsereteli in the north garden of the U.N. headquarters in New York, 2020. (UN Photo/Manuel Elías)

By Jeffrey D. Sachs
Common Dreams

It is easy to be cynical about the international rule of law. No sooner had the International Court of Justice (ICJ) found that Israel is plausibly committing genocide against the Palestinian people than the U.S. State Department declared,  “We continue to believe that allegations of genocide are unfounded and note the court did not make a finding about genocide or call for a ceasefire in its ruling…” 

Israeli leaders declared the case to be “outrageous” and “anti-Semitic.” 

Yet the risks for Israel of the ICJ ruling, and its follow-up in the next year or two, are profound. If Israel spurns the Genocide Convention, it imperils its place within the community of nations. 

True, the ICJ provisional ruling by itself will not end Israel’s war in Gaza or perhaps the mass killing of the Palestinian people, already at 26,000 and rising,

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